New App Store games roundup

Preview-RavenswordIf you’re an iPhone or iPod Touch gamer, today is certainly a good day for new (gaming) content. First and foremost, Chillingo’s highly anticipate 3D Action/RPG Ravensword: The Fallen King is now available for download. With the App Store lacking in titles like Oblivion, Ravensword is hoping to fill the void with its RPG elements and massive open world. For fans of the castle defense genre, Gameloft have let loose the gorgeous Castle Frenzy, an snazzy looking defense game that could become another best seller. And of course, there is THQ’s Star Wars: Trench Run, a tilt based space combat sim that will have you reliving the the destruction of the death star from the original movie.

Be sure to out the entire list of new games after the gap!

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Android Games Roundup [10/16/18]

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It’s that time of the year again. Cob Webs are en vogue, the skeletons are chatty, and things go bump in the night… even more so than usual. When I can I like to try and put together a roundup that does justice to the holiday that rots our teeth and scares the rest of us, but I just didn’t get to it this year. Instead I give you a selection of non-frightening choices that can still entertain you but won’t keep you from turning out the lights. Scrolls of Gloom does have monsters in it if you really need some!
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Android Games Roundup [8/25/18]

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A funny thing happened on the way to me trying to be productive. I found more games to play on my phone! Unfortunately puzzles games weren’t well represented this time around. They’re in here, but I wasn’t a real big fan of either of the ones I looked at. I got to reminisce about the past for a while, play a short but decent action game, and ran across a couple of amusing casual affairs to keep you occupied while waiting in a line somewhere. And then there was the sequel to one of my most played games in quite a while, which has now become one of my most played games for the time being. As always enjoy, and hopefully you’ll find something in this list that resonates with you.
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Android Games Roundup [7/15/18]

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Another roundup is here and it hasn’t even been 2 months yet!  I know, I’m shocked too.  I was hoping things would pick up a bit, but life has this funny habit of continually getting in my way.  At any rate, I actually included an additional game in this roundup, and eventually I might get back up to the 10 game quota I had in the iOS days.  I tried to pick a nice variety of genres again, and I finally got to try out a game I’ve been wanting to play but that wasn’t compatible with my old Apple device.  I also found a couple of nice RPG lite games for those who like the grinding but don’t have hours at a time to invest in a mobile game, and a cool motorcycle game that reminds me just a bit of one of my SEGA Genesis favorites.  I apologize for the lack of corresponding iOS links this time around, but iTunes isn’t cooperating with me at the moment.
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Android Games Roundup [6/9/18]

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I’m finally back again… again.  Hopefully it will be for more than a single installment this time around.  As usual I’ve tried to bring you a mix of various game styles.  I found a new infinite runner with a cool nautical theme, and a match 3 game that I’m enjoying almost as much as Homescapes (see my first Android Roundup).  On the other hand, I was disappointed with an escape game that had a lot of potential and a mine cart racing game that didn’t feel like the developer had put much effort into it.  And if you’re wondering and can remember that far back, I’m still working on King Oddball, though I’ve finished the main and hidden worlds and am now working on all the special missions.
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Android Games Roundup [4/10/18]

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I really wasn’t sure how my transition from iOS to Android was going to go, but luckily once you’ve got a game running the underlying OS really doesn’t make much difference. I do miss the bigger iPad screen for some games, but otherwise I’ve adapted quite well (though I did have a running start thanks to my stint with an iPod Touch before getting my iPad). For this outing I found a new scrolling shooter to add to my favorites list, I reacquainted myself with an old favorite from the SEGA Genesis days, and I spent more time than I should have with a game I already spent a lot of time playing on my iPad. And there were a few other games thrown into the mix as well. Enjoy!
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Android Games Roundup [2/20/18]

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Welcome to my first roundup of 2018! Sorry I’m a bit late to the party (does nearly two months count as fashionable?), but life has a funny way of not letting you do what you want to sometimes. Anyway, I’ve shifted gears a bit, because honestly I was getting tired of things just flat out not listing my iPad as a supported device or not NOT listing it but the game really not working on it anyway. Plus, I got a new-ish Android phone for Christmas, and it actually plays a lot of those games I just mentioned in the last sentence. So, my first collection of summaries is actually about Android games, though if there is an iOS version available I will provide a link for that as well. Just remember, I played all of these games on an Android phone, not on my iPad 2.

Also, I decided to do something else that I’ve not done with a roundup before, or at least not with roundups on this site. Instead of just listing games I liked (though that will still probably be the majority of what shows up), I’m actually going to mention games that I didn’t care for so much either. You should be able to tell the difference pretty readily, but just in case I’ll conclude each summary with a “Play” or “Pass” designation. And here’s a slight spoiler: Homescapes, Fastlane and Into The Dead 2 deserve a couple of extra “plays” added on to the end of my verdict. I play each of them almost every single day, which hasn’t happened for a long time even with the games that do still run on my iPad 2. So, without further ado, let’s actually get to the reviews…
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Touch My App Store Roundup [10/22/17]

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Welcome to the not really all new, once again renamed latest edition of my App Store roundup.  When I first started this was a weekly (mostly) publication, and the games I covered generally came out in the week prior to my post.  Then it finally got to the point where I was covering a mix of older and new games, so I dropped “New” from the title.  Finally I even chopped off the date range, simply putting the date of the post in the title instead of the range that supposedly encompassed the games I was covering.  Now I’ve decided to go with the simple moniker “Touch My App Store Roundup” because, quite frankly, I won’t always be talking about 10 different games.  I thought maybe if I cut down on the quantity I could get the article out more often.  However, there is no need to fret, because the quality won’t be compromised in any way. Continue reading…

10 App Store Games To Watch [8/2/17]

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So as luck would have it my “regular schedule” thing didn’t work out so well.  On the plus side, at least it was less than four months between roundups unlike last time.  Even better, almost everything is from this year, and most of the games actually came out in the last couple of months.  Several of the games were fresh takes on beloved but stale genres, and a couple of them even managed to hook me in after I was about ready to remove them from my device.  It’s getting harder and hard to find games that run for a decent length of time without crashing on my iPad 2, and one or two of these games are borderline in that regards, but you should be able to play any of them without too many frustrations even if you have that old of a device.  Hope you enjoy the selection of games and find something that you didn’t know existed but are glad you discovered.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [6/1/17]

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Sorry I’ve been gone so long, but I assure you it’s not because of a lack of games worth playing.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with a more regular schedule for a while now, assuming that developers still turn out some games that work with my ancient iPad 2.  So without further ado, and because I don’t want to prolong this pointless intro any more, here come the games…
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